b.1982, Xinjiang, China


Zhao Zhao graduated from the Xinjiang Institute of the Arts in 2003 and later attended the Beijing Film Academy. Now he is regarded a significant figure among the young Post-80s generation of contemporary Chinese artists – Zhao Zhao’s work is often associated with anti-authoritarian or non-conformist tendencies, renowned for confronting existing ideological structures and exercising the power of individual free will in his work. 

His recent solo exhibitions includes: Green, Song Art Museum, Beijing, 2019; In Extremis – Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters Project, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, 2019; Project Taklamakan in Xinjiang – Art Basel Hong Kong Project, Tang Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, 2017.


His recent group exhibitions include: A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection, NGV, Melbourne, Australia, 2019; The Street. Where The World Is Made, MAXXI, Rome, Italy, 2018 ; Islands, Constellations and Galapagos ,The Sixth Edition of the Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, 2017; The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2016, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, 2017; Post-sense Sensibility: Trepidation and Will, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, 2016; Everyday Legend, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016; Spirit, PAC PADIGLIONE D‘ARTE CONTEMPORANEA, Milan, 2015; ZERO TOLERANCE , MoMA-The Museum of Modern Art PS1, New York, 2014. 


His provocative, multidisciplinary artistic practice has garnered him international attention in recent years with critically-acclaimed exhibitions across China, North America and Europe as an ‘artist to watch’. In 2017, artist was nominated “Young Artist of the Year” of AAC (Award of Art China). In 2019, he won “Artist of the Year” of AAC (Award of Art China).



Zhao Zhao

​Curated by Cui Cancan

5.20 - 6.30, 2020

Beijing 2nd Space

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Echo Among Geographies

Chen Danqing, Heri Dono, Sakarin Krue-On, Qin Qi, Rodel Tapaya, Entang Wiharso, Zhao Zhao

3.18 - 4.19, 2020

Hong Kong

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In Extremis

Zhao Zhao

Curated by Cui Cancan

07.14 - 08.23, 2018

Beijing 1st Space

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One Second · One Year

Zhao Zhao

Curated by Barbara Pollack

08.08 - 09.22, 2018

Hong Kong

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Desert · Camel

Zhao Zhao Solo Exhibition

​Curator: Cui Cancan

09.23 - 10.02, 2017

Beijing 2nd space​


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In The Desert Below A Constellation · In The Sky

Zhao Zhao Solo Exhibition

Curator: Jérôme Sans

10.07 - 11.08, 2017

Beijing 2nd space​


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Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted 万物皆虚,万事皆允

Group exhibition: Ai Weiwei, Huang Yongping, Sun Yuan, Zhu Jia, Zhao Zhao

3.17 - 5.13, 2017


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9.3 - 10.22, 2016




3.21 - 4.24, 2016

Hong Kong

Press / News

Tang Contemporary Art - Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 Encounter Section

Cui Cancan | Zhao Zhao: Hong Kong Solo Exhibition

Between 2013 and 2016, Zhao Zhao collected a number of colonial-era safes from Tianjin and Shanghai. He was intensely interested in their production. Why were they needed? What caused such insecurity? Zhao Zhao recreated these safes in solid marble of similar size and scale. He had stripped the safes of their functionality, retaining only their solemn and dignified appearance. In a similar approach, he reconstructed a cheap, disposable lighter as a work of ornamental jade, spending a tremendous amount of time and resources in order to detach the spirit from the object, thus elevating it to a new dimension beyond its practical, basic purpose. From that point on, everything it represented entered into a new realm.

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